WA State

Washington’s Immigrants & Refugees: A Snapshot

This data snapshot of Seattle’s immigrant and refugee community lists a number of important statistics regarding the city’s new arrivals and new Americans.

Some facts of this two page graphic:
Between 2000 and 2014, Seattle’s immigrant population grew 20% compared to 14% for the overall population.
– Foreign born spending power: $4.4Billion
– Washington is the 8th largest refugee-receiving state.

You can see the entire graphic at the link provided below in the source.

Source: Seattle.gov


Washington State Latino Appointees

Over the course of his term, Governor Inslee has been very proactive in appointing individuals to Washington State Boards and Commissions. He has selected 134 Latino individuals to serve in various positions on these boards and commissions and about 90 are currently serving.

El Mundo has showcased some of these individuals throughout the year and will continue to do so to ensure our community feels represented and counted in the Governance of the State.

You can see one of those articles by visiting El Mundo online and clicking on the following link: Latinos

Washington State Unemployment Rate Falls up to 5.4%

Washington’s preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October 2016 is 5.4 percent. The revised estimated September 2016 unemployment rate was at 5.6 percent. The October 2015 unemployment rate was 5.7 percent.

BLS estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. Preliminary estimates are subject to revision. September’s preliminary estimated gain of 20,000 jobs was revised to a gain of 23,900 jobs.

Source: www.fortress.wa.gov

Seattle Emerges as 1 of 19 “Knowledge Cities”

Most of these cities are in the United States: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Hartford, Houston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Stockholm, Washington DC, and Zurich.

Knowledge capitals are “highly productive innovation centers…with talented workforces and elite research universities. These regions are at the world’s innovation frontier

Source: Opportunity Washington

August 2nd: Washington State Elections

Primaries for general elections to be held in November, and the election of precinct committee officers, must be held on the first Tuesday of the preceding August.  In 2016, it’s today: August 2nd.

Seattle Ranks Number 3 on List of Best Cities for Music Fans

According to a new study conducted by ValuePenguin, Seattle ranks number three in the best U.S. cities for music fans. The study looked at 15 different data points, including number of bands, radio stations, record studios and music degrees per captia, to arrive at their findings. Nashville, Tennesse, and Honolulu, Hawaii, topped Seattle at the number one and two spots.

Source: City of Seattle Office of Film & Music

Washington State Population Now 5th in the Nation

The state’s population is booming. Washington ranks fifth for states that added the most new residents in the past year.

So where are these people coming from? China, India and Mexico are few top spots. Nearly 30 percent of the state’s recent population growth is from immigration. In the Seattle area, it’s even higher.

Washington’s been a top state for growth in recent years. But this year we edged out North Carolina and Arizona to claim the no. 5 spot.

Source: KUOW

Seattle ranks 11th in U.S. for Entrepreneurship, Innovation

Seattle came in 11th in a new ranking of the 25 U.S. urban areas by how much they foster entrepreneurship and innovation.

In a report published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Washington D.C. – based company incubator 1776, Seattle ranked behind the Bay Area, which took the No. 2 spot, as well as Denver, Denver, Raleigh-Durham and Philadelphia.

Seattle ranked higher in some subcategories. It has the fifth-largest number of startup, the report said with 852.  It came in fourth in best talent pool, ninth in its percentage of highly educated young residents and second in skilled tech workforce.

Source: Puget Sound Business Journal

Seattle: Recognized as a TechHire Community by the White House

Seattle was recognized as a TechHire community as part of the White House’s national jobs initiative. This program for underemployed adults convenes employers, educators and workforce partners to provide accelerated training, internship and employment opportunities in the technology sector.  Seattle’s commitment has an explicit focus on historically under-represented communities: women and people of color. 

University of Washington Ranked No. 1 Among Peace Corps’ 2016 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges & Universities

The Peace Corps announced that the University of Washington (UW) ranked No. 1 among large undergraduate schools on the agency’s 2016 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list with 72 Huskies currently volunteering worldwide. UW also returned to the graduate school rankings this year at No. 4 with 16 alumni currently serving worldwide.

This marks the second consecutive year the UW has ranked No. 1 among large undergraduate schools and the 12th consecutive year ranked in the top three. The UW has produced 2,937 volunteers and is ranked No. 3 among top volunteer-producing colleges and universities of all time.

Western Washington’s Connection to Award-Winning Film ‘The Revenant’

If you watched the Golden Globe Awards, you know The Revenant took home some impressive hardware, with wins for Best Drama, Best Director, and Best Actor. But did you know the film also has some big ties to Western Washington? The soundtrack for “The Revenant” was recorded inside The Bastyr Chapel at Kenmore’s Bastyr University by a local recording company and local musicians.

Source: Seattle Office of Film + Music Digest


Source: City of Seattle